Street Scenery - the Dumpster

As a lot of the zombie games will be in built up areas I started scratch building items you would find in streets and alleys of a town or city.


One common item that would be found is a dumpster. Not only will it help fill in the street scene, but it will offer great cover during a fire fight.

After a quick look at some photos of dumpsters on the net i set about making one out of illustration board i purchased from a hobby shop.

I built a "floor" just below the top of the dumpster and glued on bits of rubbish to give it that in use look. I made some drink cans out of wooden kebab stakes which i painted and then glued in.
I am fairly happy with the end result, seeing as it was a first attempt and only took a very short time to make.


The photo shows the finished dumpster with a figure next to it to provide a visual on actual height.



And for those wondering, the figure is an old one i have of the Terminator. I think it is an old Leading Edge figure, but i have had it for so long i cant remember.


5 comments:

Doctor Bedlam said...

The figure is indeed a Leading Edge model, from the Terminator 2 set, from the early nineties, when LE was grabbin' movie licensing deals left and right. The figure is not true 25mm, and they all had these weird thick bases, for some reason.

Very nice dumpster. Now I must steal your idea...

Shelldrake said...

If it wasnt for the weird thick base i wouldn't include the figure in my game, as the base helps bring it up to size.

I can give you the dumpster dimentions if you want to make your own.

SeattleGamer said...

The dumpster looks terrific! My only suggestion is that it is too clean. Creating dents is not possible with that material, but you could splash on some wash to make it look grimey, and put some orangish wash along the edges to make it look rusty. But it looks very nice as-is!

Shelldrake said...

I had thought about giving the dumpster that grimey look - rust and garbage juice down the sides.
I was worried that i would go overboard doing it and ruin the model, but i can always paint over that if i get it wrong.

fatgoblin said...

the easiest way is the mist it with a brown spray can. Make a few quick passes with the spray and cross your fingers! best test it on some junk first....